My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving and not just for the amazing dinner. While the turkey, stuffing and sweet potatoes are delicious, it’s sad to think that the meaning behind Thanksgiving has become lost in the commercialism of the holiday. For this reason, I think it is extremely important to teach our kids about the real reason we celebrate Thanksgiving and the history of our country. Homeschool Legacy has made this a bit easier with their Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims micro-study.
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One of the main things that struck me when we began our Charlotte Mason educational journey was the beauty of putting yourself in the story of a well written book. Reading should transport you. If you can find yourself experiencing the moments you are much more likely to remember them as well.
With this truth in mind, I was excited to review a few of the newest books brought to you by Carole P. Roman and Awaywegomedia.com.
If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China: The Han Dynasty
We did take some time and read through two of the books during our mornings and this is what has prompted them to look closer at the others. The two we have read were If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4) and If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6).
The kids really enjoyed the pictures and story and it was a fun easy addition to our studies. We broke each book down over a week (or two in the case of the Middle Ages). We only read a smaller portion each day so the kids could soak it all in. However, Sunshine and Mister Man loved hearing about life during those times periods and were always asking to read a bit more.
One of the great things about these books is that they use the present tense “you”, throughout the book which makes it easy for the kids to relate to the story and time period. The glossary in the back was a great addition, it was nice for them to be able to find a meaning without having to pull out the dictionary.
The If You Were Me and Lived in…Colonial America (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 4) was a fun addition to our readings about Pocahontas and Lief the Lucky. It was also a great way to head into the Thanksgiving season.
As we are discussing the Middle Ages through history the If You Were Me and Lived in…the Middle Ages (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time) (Volume 6) was a good easy addition to our history studies. The kids enjoyed seeing and hearing about the Middle Ages in a laid back fun way.
Overall, I thought the books were good additions to our studies, but they were definitely not the living books we are becoming accustomed to. That being said, it still was a nice addition and a way to add interest to the time periods. With the full set including 8 books, it should be easy to find a book to work with the time period you are studing at the time.
If you’d like to read more reviews about the Carole P. Roman books you can do that here:
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For this reason I love games that have no pieces to lose! Which is why I absolutely love the games from Enlivenze LLC. When the FlipStir Rainbow Pencils puzzle arrived to review, the kids were more than excited to get to play the game.
It’s like the new rubix cube. The object of the game is to use the wand to move the pieces into the right place to create the puzzle.
I will be honest, this game is hard! Which means that the kids concentrate for a while before getting bored! Neither kid has been able to solve the puzzle, yet, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying. They pick it up many times a day and used it quite a bit on our road trip as well.
There are five FlipStir games to choose from, and every time you play it’s a little different! Because the pieces will never move just the same way, it will always be a new challenge!
The games range in level and theme. There are two levels for your players and for each there are a few different choices. They have Rainbow Pencils and Tyrannosaurus Rex for the level one games, as well as Solar System, Statue of Liberty and Periodic Table for level two players.
The Enlivenze LLC FlipStir games are meant for kids 7 and up, although my 6 year old loved the game as much as his 7 year old sister. I can definitely see why this would be harder for a younger child to enjoy so I think the age range is accurate. The concentration and time to play is definitely not for the easily discouraged! Even I enjoyed taking a turn before the kids were antsy to get it back to play.
The game worked great on our road trip. It was easy to pack (small and simple). It was quiet so it was easily used while Sugar Plum was sleeping. It has also been used quite a bit at home, making it one of the kids favorites! Plus you can play it together or alone. The kids worked together to try and solve it, as well as by themselves. It’s hard to find a lot of games that are good for one person that are not electronics so this is a definite plus!
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Mister Man and Sunshine each day are working to earn electronics time while I cook dinner. While I am not a fan of the way electronics have taken over our society, I do love that they can be learning and not even realize they’re doing it! This is very true with our newest app addition, Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree by Star Toaster.